The Constable Hall Association is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a special event anniversary celebration, Sunday afternoon July 14, 2019. July 2019 marks the passing of 200 years since the Hall’s completion, (construction 1810-1819), and 70 years since the formation of the Constable Hall Association. There will be no admission charge.
The Association wishes to use this opportunity to thank the community and recognize the support given to the Hall through the years. To honor this occasion the association is planning a day of unique activities that will be free to all.
Events and attractions
The dignitaries arrive at the front of the Hall conducted by a gorgeous old fashioned stage coach. The Honorable F. Anthony Keating, Senator Griffo, and Assemlyman Blankenbush will be in attendance. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting to re-open the Hall, each will make brief remarks. There will be flag raising with 479th Engineer Battalion in dress uniform and bugle, Ashley Roberts to sing the national anthem and a cannon blast.
‘Twas Night Before Christmas
The front drawing room will be decorated with a live Christmas tree and various period ornaments. In-costume readings of the Twas the Night Before Christmas will take place about every 15 minutes by “The Butler Did It” players.
There will be a variety of supervised, old fashioned children activities taking place on the front lawn.
History Themed Talks
Two 35 minutes slide show talks – “The Life and Times of William Constable Sr.” and “The Constable Family: Adirondack Explorers” will be given by local historians.
=> New addition: “Constable Family Recollection of the Early 1900s”
Two 20 minute slide show talks will also be given that show the evolution of the formal garden over the decades in pictures and present historic pictures of the farm and grounds.
Antique Gun Exhibit
The Constable family is bringing several of the special, old family guns back to the Hall for a one time viewing.
View Gun Details
There will be a time capsule placed in the memorial section of the garden later this year. Stop by our booth and leave your fun message for the future.
Period Music and Dance
Ewa Lawrence and her students will perform period piano music, with brief introductory remarks on each piece.
Two couples of Victorian dancers will be performing by the garden. They will be teaching and encouraging on-looker participation.
North Country Forge will be in attendance showing off the various arts of blacksmithing.
=> New addition: An ox will be in attendance performing typical draft animal operations.
Kim Watkins will be operating the loom and discussing the other aspects of making cloth.
Jackie Roshia, from the Lorenzo Historical Site, will be in the kitchen explaining the techniques and articles used in open hearth cooking.
The Captain Robert Machin artillery unit will be present in uniform. This War of 1812 group will mingle and explain the operation of their canon.
A local Civil War reenactor will represent the 97th NY volunteer unit that was raised in our immediate area.
Brides of Constable Hall
A slide show will be in continuous operation presenting the submitted photographs of weddings held on the grounds of Constable Hall over recent decades.
Special Historical Artifacts on Display
There will be a variety of historical artifacts that will be on special view and interpretation. Some of them are from the Constable Hall attic and others on loan. These include a book of Chaucer’s works printed in 1542, various Civil War artifacts, unusual letters and household items, etc.
Upstairs in the Hall there will be 6 dresses and one skirt on display from the Constable Hall collection spanning the years from 1840 through 1910.
Parasol, fan, and glove items from the Hall collection will be on display, with guidelines on their proper use during the Victorian era.
Several sewing implements will be on display for close inspection.
Several food vendors will be present for your enjoyment – Fireman Tom’s Ice Cream, Squishy’s BBQ, and Tug Hill Lunch Box. In addition, there will be baked goods available from local sources.